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Book Bits: Khloe Kardashian, Ted Lewis, Reese Witherspoon, 'Where They Found Her'

A lot of today’s headlines appear to be written by amateurs: they contain opinions and/or offer something they don’t deliver. Case in point: “Russia wants to build a supercarrier, and it’s a total waste.” Hardly objective unless the words “total waste” are in quotes and are attributed to somebody other that the author of the story. 977 more words

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Book Bits: LA Times Book Prizes, 'The Sympathizer,' Monica Burne, 'Black Dove White Raven'

Sometimes I think the editors are on vacation when bestselling novels roar through the publishing house. I won’t tell you the title and author, but suffice it to say, when I’m reading what’s advertised as a fast-paced, spy-vs.-spy thriller, I don’t want the action to lurch to a stop while the author uses an entire chapter to describe the upbringing of one of the characters. 952 more words

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Book Bits: Gao Yu convicted, Candice Bergan, 99 cent shorts from Vintage, Scribd Expands Library

“International PEN, the worldwide association of writers, was founded in 1921 to promote friendship and intellectual cooperation among writers everywhere; to emphasize the role of literature in the development of mutual understanding and world culture; to fight for freedom of expression; and to act as a powerful voice on behalf of writers harassed, imprisoned, and sometimes killed for their views.” – … 1,025 more words

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Book Bits: G√ľnter Grass, 'All Who Go Do Not Return,' Literary Hub

Far be it from me to criticize another author, but Jo Rowling, my unsolicited advice is to call the Harry Potter series complete as it is just as Bill Watterson said his Calvin and Hobbes comic strip was ending in 1995 because it was complete. 793 more words

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Book Bits: Amber Tamblyn, fake Shakespeare isn't a fake, 'The Winter Family'

Did you read the articles How the subconscious mind shapes creative writing and Don McLean explains enigmatic lyrics to American Pie? I know readers are said to have short attention spans and perhaps this is so, for few people were complaining that neither article offered what the headline promised. 821 more words

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Book Bits: Harper Lee Competency, Indie author deal with GCP, 'The Grace of Kings'

Distilling Maria Popova’s (yet another) wonderful essay to four points is probably a travesty. As she ponders the why of literature, she notes that it saves us time, makes us nicer, cures loneliness and prepares us for failure. 849 more words

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